Thursday April 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indiana Government Center – South Complex
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Muslim Alliance of Indiana says:
Governor Mike Pence has signed Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’. The reaction in the media has been stormy, while legal scholars are divided about its implications.
- Will RFRA protect the religious freedom of Muslim employers? Or will it pose a threat of discrimination to Muslim Hoosiers?
The Indiana Senate passed has also passed another “religious freedom” bill, SB 127, that would allow any group receiving state or local contracts to discriminate against individuals who do not espouse its religious tenets.
- Will this bill lead to the firing or non-hiring of Muslims by private hospitals, colleges and universities, schools, and other religiously-affiliated employers?
Meanwhile, there is much less attention to the need for Indiana to enact a hate crimes statute, which has also been proposed again in this session as House Bill 1330.
- What is the likelihood that HB 1330 will be enacted? How will it help reduce the climate of bias against minorities and make hateful criminals think twice?
- Will it protect Muslim Hoosiers against hate crimes based on Islamophobia by ensuring they are swiftly prosecuted?
On behalf of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) and the Council of Indiana Muslim Organizations (CIMO), we are pleased to invite you and leaders in your local community to the second annual Muslim Day @the Indiana State House (MDSH) on Thursday, 9th April 2015 from 10.00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The event will take place at the Indiana Government Center – South Complex in Indianapolis. Lunch will be included in the registration charge of $10.
Come to the Muslim Day @the Indiana State House to learn about the possible consequences of these pieces of legislation.
MDSH 2015 also provides an opportunity to:
- COMMUNICATE the important contributions Muslim Hoosiers make to Indiana’s civic, economic and social fabric
- ENGAGE with elected officials, key political leaders, and other important civic figures
- LEARN about the legislative and administrative government processes, including current legislation and policies
- EMPOWER Muslims to help improve the communities in which we live, work, study, and play, by participating in a myriad of activities
- ENHANCE the Muslim community’s political engagement, community service, philanthropic endeavors, and social justice
- ADVOCATE on behalf of Muslim Hoosiers and their interests
- AMPLIFY Muslim efforts in political engagement, community service, and social justice.
- SHARE knowledge and information with policymakers
Several Indiana elected officials and legislators, as well as some well-established political leaders, will be meeting with us.
Your participation in MDSH 2015 is important. We pray that your community will be fully represented at this important event. Please register TODAY atmdsh2015.eventbrite.com.